Thanksgiving Day brings dry but cloudy weather to Portland; sneaker wave warning along the coast

Take a jacket if you are going on Thanksgiving Day – it’s currently 45 degrees with mostly clear skies Thursday morning at Portland International Airport.

The remainder of the day for the metro area will be cloudier and only slightly warmer with a forecast high of 51 degrees.

Rain is expected overnight from Thursday to Friday morning with a chance of showers through Monday, so take advantage of the dry, albeit cloudy, Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great day to roast or fry a turkey outside (safe) and even air out the kitchen for ventilation, or at large gatherings with friends and family, which is recommended by the CDC. to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

Along the northern coastal areas, Thanksgiving morning begins with light rain as a warm Pacific front rises north to Washington. A cold front will sweep the area southeast from Thursday evening to Friday morning, spreading light rain in the Portland subway.

A warm front could plunge back into the region from Friday evening to Saturday, but there remains a risk of rain throughout the weekend. Forecasters saw that snow levels would likely stay above the Cascade Passes for several days.

Watch out for Thursday morning fog over southern Willamette Valley; a dense fog advisory was issued by the National Weather Service until 6 a.m. Thursday, but is expected to be clear by mid-morning.

National Weather Service meteorologists also predict that the heaviest rain will fall on Thursday night in the Willapa Hills, northern Oregon Coast Range and southern Washington Waterfalls, each expected to receive one to two inches of moisture. , which will not cause any rise in the rivers of the region.

There is a strong threat to sneaker waves on the Oregon coast this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The alert lasts from Thursday morning to Friday morning. The high tide on Thanksgiving Day will bring the greatest threat, according to the NWS alert.

Powerful sneaker waves can suddenly knock people down and quickly drag them into the freezing ocean, which can lead to serious injury or drowning.

Exposure to cold water can cause cold water paralysis within minutes, affecting the individual’s ability to escape the wave. It is important to always have an emergency exit when you are on the beach, especially the steep and closed beaches in the northwest.

The National Weather Service is warning residents of the following dangers:

  • The force and speed with which the waves of the sneakers move
  • Their freezing temperature
  • The volume of sand, water and gravel that they carry and will deposit in an individual’s clothing. Survivors described the water-sand mixture in their clothing as being as heavy as concrete, rendering them unable to escape the retreating waves dragging them into the ocean.

–Oregonian / OregonLive

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